We are often asked if it is worth buying cheap kitchen units. The answer is not as simple as you might think. It could be, but only if you have an excellent fitter to get it right.
Cheap kitchen units cost so little because they have been made with the most basic materials i.e. 5mm hardboard backs, low density melamine chipboard and melamine edging (ironed on). They are usually constructed with a glued dowel and in some cases the hardboard back is stapled on. Once you have your new installation in place the quality of the build may not be immediately apparent, but as time goes by – with all the opening, closing, vegetable cutting etc. – cheaper carcases can start to work loose and even come apart. However, a square, solid built, rigid 18mm carcase (including backs) with a PVC edging will stand the test of time. A cheaper product is likely to need further modification at the installation stage or remedial action later on, and this is obviously not cost effective.
You should also consider that a company set up to produce cheap kitchen units is unlikely to stop cutting costs just at the carcase stage. Other components will be of the same lower quality – the hinges will be basic, meaning the doors will not hang level for very long, a cheap drawer box will not glide smoothly, and non adjustable wall unit brackets will need modification by a fitter.
The old saying about “only getting what you pay for” definitely applies to kitchen units as well as most things in life – but you don’t have to overpay. Like for instance our own Nexus range, we have the units manufactured in the UK to our specification. We offer a rigid built, fully assembled, cam & doweled carcase and the cabinets are constructed with 18mm MFC colour co-ordinated board. Our units are made with solid tops & solid backs. Each unit is complimented with Blum integrated soft close hinges, drawer packs are complimented with Blum soft close tandem drawer boxes, and 0.8mm edging tape is used around the carcase – with a 2mm ABS edging to the front as standard. With this quality the fitter will be finished in half the time and your new kitchen will last a lot longer. All this and a lot cheaper than you would expect! So, if you live in Leeds or the surrounding areas come and visit us in Wetherby at our new showroom and see for yourself.
Live Well. Buy Well.
Apologies to anyone who recently looked at our Contact page and saw our location according to Google Maps. It was actually showing the location of our old showroom, and we’ve been pushing to get it updated with Google – which is now done.
The address information was always correct, and it was just the map which needed to be updated. All sorted.
Buywell Interiors looks forward to seeing you soon.
As a retailer of fitted kitchens for over 20 years we have always kept our options open regarding the manufacturing of the products we supply and from time to time we have considered the German produced option, even to the point of visiting some factories in Germany. The factories are impressive and all seem to operate like clockwork and offer a wide range of contemporary kitchens, but we are always left with the nagging question of ‘’What is the real advantage of selling German kitchens?’’
Frankly, twenty years ago there would be more answers than questions – wider consumer choice of colours, styles and matching worktops – the list went on! Fast forward to now and things have changed. British manufactures have caught up and in some cases you could say have even surpassed the German model, 16mm white cabinets are very much standard for a German built kitchen whereas most quality British cabinet makers will offer an 18mm colour coordinated cabinet. Rigid kitchens with solid backs are standard to both now and usually with a PVC edging.
The big advantage we believe in buying British is flexibility – lead times are much shorter and remedial work if required is done much sooner as it can take up to six weeks to get materials from Germany – not the sort of news a customer wants to hear when waiting for the kitchen to be finished!
We have dealt with Symphony kitchens for over twenty years and in that time they have gone from being a local Leeds based business to become the number one independent kitchen manufacturer in the country and the main thing about them is how over the years they have continually refined their ranges to keep up with the latest trends.
We are also venturing into having our own range of kitchen cabinets made by a British manufacturer giving us even more of an advantage over our competitors.
So, in conclusion we have to say that buying British is still best for us overall and we think better value for you as a consumer.
Live Well, Buy Well
Shaker kitchens feature a square framed design which is very versatile. There are numerous types of shaker kitchens from truly traditional for older style properties to the more contemporary simplistic design.
Made with high quality materials and fittings, your shaker kitchen will have beautiful symmetry which will compliment any surroundings. Our extensive range of crafted kitchen cabinet and door sizes enable your kitchen to be made for any space however large or small, to ensure the ergonomics work perfectly and everything runs smoothly. Our range of shaker kitchen doors and cabinets are available in numerous colours and finishes allowing plenty of freedom to create your dream kitchen. Paired with your choice of worktop – and if you are bold enough – you can even add an island in contrasting colours to add storage and flexibility to your new kitchen.
Here at Buywell Interiors our highly skilled designers have extensive knowledge and over 25 years of experience in creating stunning classic and contemporary shaker kitchens. We will work closely with you to determine your needs and ensure your ideas are incorporated into the design. This allows us to design and build a kitchen tailored to your lifestyle while adding style and value to your property. Live Well, Buy Well.
Some might say what is the point of fitted kitchen units without handles? And, How would you open the doors without handles? In our experience the main reason is that our prospective client is looking for the ultra sleek, minimalistic look and handles can sometimes make a kitchen look too busy. There are several ways to achieve this look, here some of the options to help you decide if the handleless look is for you.
The integrated rail – a very German style kitchen where a continuous metal rail is fitted along the top edge of the carcase allowing room for the fingers to open the door. This option tends to work out the most costly.
The `J` Door – A groove is made in the top of a solid 22mm MDF (medium-density fibreboard) door that resembles a J shape and is then painted in various matt and gloss finishes. This is probably the most popular way of getting the sleek look, but watch out for cheaper options, some companies will use an 18mm door that is harder to get the average finger size in and the J is weaker and can break.
The integrated handle – This option has the finger grip grooved into the door. This option is probably the most versatile option as the door can be made to measure and is vinyl wrapped which offers hundreds of colours, matt or textured to choose from.
Push to open – A mechanism is attached to the carcase that allows the door to spring open when it is pushed. This option tends to be the less practical as some units will not allow it to work i.e. Dishwashers, fridge freezers etc.
These are the most common options, why not come to our showroom at Thorp Arch, Wetherby and decide for yourself.
Live Well, Buy Well.
We’ve moved into our new showroom and warehouse on the Thorp Arch Estate!
It’s been a hard slog to get it ready during and after the lockdown, but we got there in the end – and we are now open for business, with all the appropriate social distancing and sanitizing measures in place.
There’s lots to see inside, along with the opportunity to see various walkthroughs and presentations on a large-screen TV.
Why not come and see what you could do to your own kitchen or bedroom space to turn your dream into a reality?
Here at Buywell interiors in Wetherby we offer fully fitted Birch bedroom furniture, made to measure to fit your room precisely. Birch bedrooms are available in a wide range of colours and styles. Displays can be viewed in our new location at Thorp Arch, Wetherby, to give you a feel for the quality and range on offer.
Professionally fitted wardrobes give you the advantage of maximising your storage and doing away with awkward dust traps. Our range of wardrobes comprises of a complete robe with floors, backs, sides and ceilings and can be made to suit your exact requirements. We finish off the run of our wardrobes with an infill to your ceiling and minimal side infills.
We have supplied bedroom installations to our customers in the Leeds, Wetherby, Harrogate and surrounding areas for over twenty years and we are constantly updating our range. We have recently added a sliding door range, for example, which comes with a top hung, soft close door system that is ideal for tight spaces, and which is available in all the colours of our standard range.
Another recently-added product range is bespoke, wall hung mirrors that can be made to any size to match your bedroom.
Also trending at the moment in fitted bedroom furniture is a handle-less look, creating sleek lines for a modern look. We can achieve this by using a push to open mechanism or with an integrated handle resulting in a sleek minimalist look.
All our fitted bedrooms can be complemented with a full range of drawers units, chests, cupboards, ottoman style units, tall boy chests and wall units.
Come and visit us at our Wetherby store which covers all the surrounding areas including Leeds, Boston Spa, Tadcaster, Knaresborough, Harewood and Clifford.
You will always get a warm welcome, Live Well, Buy Well.
Modern kitchens are becoming increasingly popular for their style, practicality and ease of use. As well as being highly efficient, they are designed to fit in with the current trends. A modern kitchen can give you plenty more freedom due to cutting edge designs and a choice of innovative storage solutions, giving more space and flexibility than ever before. Here at Buywell Interiors, we are proud to provide you with the finest kitchens for your home. Whether you are looking for an upgrade or a brand new kitchen, we can work closely with you to create the perfect kitchen for all of your needs.
A modern kitchen is characterised by minimalistic design, space optimisation, ground-breaking appliances and fresh storage features. With space becoming increasingly limited, it is vital that you get the most out of your space and storage so that your kitchen is both comfortable and practical. You can choose from a wide range of different cabinets, doors, drawers and worktops for a design which meets all of your personal lifestyle needs.
It is important that you choose the right elements for your installation.
Think carefully about your choice of cabinets and available space. With the correct layout and storage options, your kitchen will look much more open and clutter-free.
The choice of worktop can make a big impact on the appearance and maintenance of your kitchen. It is a good idea to research different worktop materials so you understand the benefits and disadvantages of each type. Generally, you should be looking for a surface that is easy to clean and maintain so it is a good idea to opt for worktops that are strong, durable and non-porous.
No kitchen is complete without its appliances. Modern kitchens usually have the latest technology such as built-in ovens, fridges, islands and lighting etc. This can make a significant difference to your kitchen and really set it apart. When choosing appliances, look for features which are easy to use and practical. Your kitchen should be built around your personal lifestyle and be a place which offers comfort, style and efficiency.
If you would like to know more about our beautiful modern kitchens, please do not hesitate to contact us here at Buywell Interiors. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have and give you friendly, professional advice about your upcoming kitchen project. Covering Harrogate, Knaresborough, Wetherby, Leeds, York and the surrounding areas, our designers are on hand to discuss your ideas and showcase some of our beautiful kitchen creations. We look forward to hearing from you.
People often ask us what the difference is between these two types of door.
A Shaker door comes in two distinct styles – a five piece wooden, or a single-piece vinyl panel. A Slab door is simply a flat door which can be a simple vinyl press, a lacquered or painted door, or a foil-laminated style.
Both door types are available in a range of colours – either standard, or painted to order. You will see painted to order usually abbreviated to PTO, which is how we indicate the option on our gallery pages.
Just a note to say how pleased we are with the new fitted wardrobe… Paul was most thorough in his work and did an excellent job of fitting the wardrobe, despite the precautions and social distancing still required… Thank you again for all you have done, and we look forward to visiting you in your new showroom before too long.
E & C, Harrogate
I would just like to say a big thank you to you for my lovely new kitchen and to Michelle for all the help she gave me…
I would just like to thank everyone for the success of my new kitchen…very pleased with the fitter and electrician.
J M (Mrs)., Wetherby
Now that the tiling and floor covering in our new kitchen are finished I write to let you know that I and my wife are absolutely thrilled with everything. The quality is superb… we were so very impressed with Buywell Interiors from sqaure one.
We just wanted to express our appreciation for the work done in our kitchen. We are delighted with the results and the workmanship is first class.
Mr & Mrs S., Wetherby
We would like to congratulate your good selves and your excellent colleagues… for the work involved in supplying and fitting of our new kitchen… a very friendly and professional job done by all.
Mr & Mrs W., Boston Spa
Now that our kitchen is nearing completion, we would like to take this opportunity to express our satisfaction of the work that has been carried out by your company… in particular we would like to commend the skill and work ethos of your fitter Peter, he is an outstanding , skilful craftsman… we would have no hesitation in recommending Buywell interiors to future customers.
L and J S., Pontefract.
Dear Simon and your lovely sidekick Michelle, your service is great without the hard sell…They`ve fitted my kitchen with zeal and zest, but in all sincerity they are infinitely the best
C and F C., Wetherby